You don’t deserve to be a Mountaineer if you “celebrate” big wins by rioting

WVU upsets #4 Baylor, 41-27 (Photo credit: USA Today Sports)

WVU upsets #4 Baylor, 41-27 (Photo credit: USA Today Sports)

Why does a group of drunk idiots have to make an entire university look bad?

I’m appalled at the behavior of the kids who participated in the Morgantown riots and vandalism last night.

How dare you disrespect my alma mater and Morgantown in the name of celebrating a big win! That isn’t celebrating. That’s just criminal and you don’t deserve to be a Mountaineer.

The students in the group should be expelled from West Virginia University. They’re clearly not ready to be in college, and certainly don’t deserve to be a part of such a wonderful university. They should also publicly apologize for their despicable behavior and help clean up the city.

True Mountaineers work hard at promoting WVU in a positive light. And last night’s deployable and criminal actions do not represent what we’re about.

Rioting becoming more commonplace on college campuses

Unfortunately, WVU isn’t alone. A number of universities have had their fair share of embarrassing student riots. In fact, last night there was another high-profile student riot at the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire.

It seems riots are becoming somewhat of a trend as some students see them as a rite of passage.

Although I couldn’t find recent statistics, I did learn there were fewer than 5 non-protest campus riots in 1985 versus 30 in 2002. That number is likely higher today.

After a riot by Iowa State University students in 2005, ISU sociology professor David Schweingruber surveyed a class about how they viewed riots. And although not statistically valid because of the small sample size, the results are shocking nonetheless.

Results of a 2005 class survey about riots from  Iowa State University sociology professor David Schweingruber. Note: The survey is not statistically valid due to small sample size.

Results of a 2005 class survey about riots from Iowa State University sociology professor David Schweingruber. Note: The survey is not statistically valid due to small sample size.

After an outstanding game weekend – which included upsetting #4 Baylor and meeting Nick Stevens, the host/producer of the CBS Sports’ Network’s Tailgate Fan, and former WVU standout Grant Wiley – I couldn’t wait to sit down to write about it.

Instead my first story is about student riots. How sad is that?

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